• Common Sense 101

    Common Sense 101by Dale Alquist

    Dale Ahlquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society, and author of G. K. Chesterton -The Apostle of Common Sense , presents a book of wonderful insights on how to "look at the whole world through the eyes of Chesterton". Since, as he says, "Chesterton wrote about everything", there is an ocean of his material to benefit from GKC's insights on a kaleidoscope of many important topics." Chesterton wrote a hundred books on a variety of themes, thousands of essays for London newspapers, penned epic poetry, delighted in detective fiction, drew illustrations, and made everyone laugh by his keen humor. Everyone who knew Chesterton loved him, even those he debated with. His unique writing style that combines philosophy, spirituality, history, humor, and paradox have made him one of the most widely read authors of modern times. "As Ahlquist shows in his engaging volume, this most quoted writer of the 20th century has much to share with us on topics covering politics, art, education, wonder, marriage, fads, poetry, faith, charity and much more." "Ahlquist proves that Chesteron's commentaries and views on the continuing dehumanization of man, the so-called social sciences, the totalitarian ideologies and the intellectual fashions of his day continue to be relevant in our own age.?" "George J. Marlin, Editor, Collected Works of Chesterton"

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  • The Path to Rome

    Path to Romeby Hillaire Belloc

    Considered by Belloc himself, and by most critics, his greatest work, this classic book is the delightful story of the pilgrimage Belloc made on foot to Rome in order to fulfill a vow he had made-and see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved? In The Life of Hilaire Belloc , Robert Speaight states: More than any other book he ever wrote, The Path to Rome made Belloc's name; more than any other, it has been lovingly thumbed and pondered-. The book is a classic, born of something far deeper than the physical experience it records? The Path to Rome is the product of the actual and genuine buoyancy and thoughtfulness of a rich intellect-. He will be a lucky man who can escape from that world of freezing folly into the flaming and reverberating folly of The Path to Rome? "G.K. Chesterton The Path to Rome takes the reader on a journey into himself and out of himself, a voyage of discovery in which Home and Exile are interwoven in a mystical dance of contemplation. In its pages we discover the Europe of the Faith which was, and is, the heart of Christendom, and the Faith of Europe which was, and is, the heart of all? "Joseph Pearce, Author, Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important and versatile authors of the 20th century. A social commentator and a master of finely crafted prose, he wrote numerous books on social, historical and theological topics

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    The Path to Rome

  • Old Thunder

    Old Thunderby Joseph Pearce

    Hilaire Belloc is one of the most important, revered and reviled writers of the twentieth century. A social commentator, a master of finely crafted prose and a poet of great wit, he continues to fascinate. Joseph Pearce examines the lasting impact of this prolific writer and social commentator on British intellectual life. As President of the Oxford Union, he immersed himself in historical studies and championed Catholicism. Later, as a Liberal MP, he became disillusioned with party politics, expressing his sentiments about both socialism and capitalism in his novels and pamphlets. Considered one of the most important Christian writers of the twentieth century, admired for his understanding of modern England and in the company of men like Sassoon, G.K. Chesterton and Waugh, Belloc's fascinating character is wonderfully brought to light in all his whimsicality. Opening up the personality for the reader is the story of his long courtship of Elodie Hogan from Napa, California that overcame all sorts of hurdles, including her brief stint in a convent, and his desolation after her death. With access to previously unpublished material in the form of Belloc's letters and photographs, Joseph Pearce's major new biography uncovers a romantic, complex, and solitary character. Illustrated. Joseph Pearce is the acclaimed author of best-selling books Literary Converts, Tolkien: Man and Myth and G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence ' ' Press Information ' ' ' Dear Editor... ' Press Release ' Fact Sheet ' Author Biography '

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  • Orthodoxy

    Orthodoxyby Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton is one of the most celebrated and reverently esteemed figures in modern literature. He was a phenomenally prolific writer. After achieving early success as an illustrator, he subsequently established his fame as a playwright, novelist, poet, literary commentator, pamphleteer, essayist, lecturer, apologist, and editor. The depth and range of his work are astounding. A pagan at only 12 and totally agnostic by 16, Chesterton had the remarkable experience of developing a personal, positive philosophy that turned out to be orthodox Christianity. Orthodoxy, his account of it all, has not lost its force as a timeless argument for the simple plausibility of traditional Christianity. C.S. Lewis and many other emerging Christian thinkers have found this book a pivotal step in their adoption of a credible Christian faith. This intellectual and spiritual autobiography of the leading 20th century essayist combines simplicity with subtlety in a model apologetic that appeals to today's generations of readers who face the same materialism and antisupernaturalism as did the "man at war with his times." Of the numerous works that Chesterton wrote, the most scintillating synthesis of his philosophy and deeply religious faith was manifested in his masterpiece, Orthodoxy, written when he was only thirty-four and which tells, in his inimitable, soaring prose, of his earth-shaking discovery that orthodoxy is the only satisfactory answer to the perplexing riddle of the universe. Orthodoxy is perhaps the most outstanding example of the originality of his style and the brilliance of his thought. "There has never been a more articulate champion of classic Christian orthodoxy, virtue, and decency than this rotund jouster whose words were his weapons." -Christianity Today

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    Orthodoxy

  • The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

    The Autobiography of G.K. Chestertonby Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton

    Here is a special two-in-one book that is both by G.K. Chesterton and about Chesterton. This volume offers an irresistible opportunity to see who this remarkable man really was. Chesterton was one of the most stimulating and well-loved writers of the 20th century. His 100 books, and hundreds of essays and columns on a great variety of themes have made G.K. Chesterton the most widely quoted writers of modern times.' ' Here is Chesterton in his own words, in a book he preferred not to write, but did so near the end of his life after much insistence by friends and admirers. Critic Sydney Dark wrote after Chesterton died that perhaps the happiest thing that happened in Gilbert Chesterton's extraordinarily happy life was that his autobiography was finished a few weeks before his death. It is a stimulating, exciting, tremendously interesting book. It is a draught"indeed, several draughts one after the other"of human and literary champagne." '' Gilbert Keith Chesterton is one of the most prolific authors of modern times, having written some 100 books on many topics including philosophy, theology, poetry, literature, fiction and history. His best-selling works include Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, St. Thomas & St. Francis, The Man Who Was Thursday and Father Brown Stories. Wonderful for gift-giving or personal use.

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    The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

  • The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas

    The Human Wisdom of St. Thomasby Josef Pieper

    Arranged by Josef Pieper Josef Pieper has attached no commentary to the texts brought together in this breviary of the philosophy of St. Thomas, preferring that the reader should encounter them, "on his own". His work has been one of selection, in which he has sought to assemble such passages as will provide an introduction to the form and design of the whole Thomistic system. Yet he has so ordered his texts as to impress upon the reader a special feature of St. Thomas's thought, what he calls its double aspect: St. Thomas sees the whole scheme of reality ordered and penetrable by reason; yet the mystery of Being itself remains: "The effort of human thought has not been able to track down the essence of a single gnat." Josef Pieper, one of the most highly regarded Thomistic philosophers of the twentieth century, wrote numerous philosophical works including Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Guide to Thomas Aquinas, Only the Lover Sings and many more.

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    The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas

  • Living the Truth

    Living the Truthby Josef Pieper

    Josef Pieper This volume presents illuminating treatises of Josef Pieper on Thomistic anthropology and on the principles of right human behavior based on anthropology. With his customary lucidity, Pieper shows how all reality is positioned between the mind of God and the mind of man and is the basis for both man's unquenchable yearning and the measure of all man's knowledge. He then develops the Thomistic position that reality is also the basis for the good and therefore the norm of conscience and ethical action. As Pieper himself expresses in part of the thesis of the second treatise, "An insight into the nature of the good as rooted in objective being, of itself compels us to carry it out in a definite human attitude, and it makes certain attitudes impossible." Josef Pieper was schooled in the Greek classics and the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also studied philosophy, law and sociology, and has been a professor at the University of Munster, Germany. His books have been widely praised by both the secular and religious press. Sewn Softcover Other books by Josef Pieper.

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  • For Love of Wisdom

    For Love of Wisdomby Josef Pieper

    In these elegant and engaging essays, the internationally acclaimed Thomist, Josef Pieper, defines and defends philosophy as the search for and love of wisdom. True philosophy is not the work of joyless academics pondering over esoteric writings that have no relation to real life. Rather, the philosophical act, in which all reasonable men can participate, begins in wonder at what is, and gratitude for what is given, and ends in love. '' In his encyclical letter Fides et Ratio (On the Relationship between Faith and Reason), Pope John Paul II called for a revitalization of true philosophy, for man can find fulfillment only in choosing to enter the truth, to make a home under the shade of Wisdom and dwell there. Pieper's essays make the same ardent and convincing plea. '' Josef Pieper is renowned for having popularized the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, a brilliant student of St. Thomas who, in his own voluminous works, has made the deep thought of the Angelic Doctor more accessible and understandable to the modern reader. '' Pieper's profound insights are impressive an even formidable' "New York Times '' Pieper has subjects involved in everyone's life; he has theses that are so counter to the prevailing trends as to be sensational; and he has a style that is memorably clear and direct.' "Chicago Tribune ' Josef Pieper was educated in the Greek classics and the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Munster in Germany. His books have earned international acclaim from both Catholic and non-Catholic scholars. His many best-selling works include Leisure: The Basis Of Culture, Guide To Thomas Aquinas, and The Four Cardinal Virtues.

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    For Love of Wisdom

  • Josef Pieper: An Anthology

    Joseph Pieper: An Anthologyby Josef Pieper

    Foreward by Hans Urs von Balthasar 'Near the end of a long career as one of the most widely read popular Thomistic philosophers of the twentieth century, Josef Pieper has himself compiled an anthology from all his works. He has selected the best and most representative passages and arranged them in an order that gives sense to the whole and aids in the understanding of each excerpt. Pieper's reputation rests on his remarkable ability to restate traditional wisdom in terms of contemporary problems. He is a philosopher who writes in the language of common sense, presenting involved issues in a clear, lucid and simple manner. Among his many well-known works included in this anthology are selections from Leisure: The Basis of Culture , The Four Cardinal Virtues , About Love , Belief and Faith , Happiness and Contemplation , and Scholasticism.

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    Josef Pieper: An Anthology

  • The Battleground

    The Battlegroundby Hillaire Belloc

    In this religious-biblical oriented history, Belloc provides a full and fair treatment of the ancient Jews and other Middle Eastern cultures and their impact in history, and in today's world. He affirms a special divine design in the story of Syria and particularly of Israel, reaching a climax in the event of the Crucifixion of Christ. His famous motto, Europe is the Faith, the Faith is Europe has been interpreted as a form of religious ethnocentrism. But he was making the point that what we regard as the greatest cultural, political and artistic achievements of Western civilization stem from the old creed. Without the one, the other would not exist.

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    The Battleground

  • The Quest for Shakespeare

    The Quest for Shakespeareby Joseph Pearce

    Highly regarded and best-selling literary writer and teacher, Joseph Pearce presents a stimulating and vivid biography of the world's most revered writer that is sure to be controversial. Unabashedly provocative, with scholarship, insight and keen observation, Pearce strives to separate historical fact from fiction about the beloved Bard. ''Shakespeare is not only one of the greatest figures in human history, he is also one of the most controversial and one of the most elusive. He is famous and yet almost unknown. Who was he? What were his beliefs? Can we really understand his plays and his poetry if we don't know the man who wrote them? ''These are some of the questions that are asked and answered in this gripping and engaging study of the world's greatest ever poet. The Quest for Shakespeare claims that books about the Bard have got him totally wrong. They misread the man and misread the work. The true Shakespeare has eluded the grasp of the critics. Dealing with the facts of Shakespeare's life and times, Pearce's quest leads to the inescapable conclusion that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic living in very anti-Catholic times. ''Many of his friends and family were persecuted, and even executed, for their Catholic faith. And yet he seems to have avoided any notable persecution himself. How did he do this? How did he respond to the persecution of his friends and family? What did he say about the dreadful and intolerant times in which he found himself? The Quest for Shakespeare answers these questions in ways that will enlighten and astonish those who love Shakespeare's work, and that will shock and outrage many of his critics.

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    The Quest for Shakespeare

  • Literary Converts

    Literary Convertsby Joseph Pearce

    Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of the greatest writers in the English language: Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, C.S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, Graham Greene, Edith Sitwell, Siegfried Sassoon, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, T.S. Eliot and J.R.R. Tolkien. The role of George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells in intensifying the religious debate despite not being converts themselves is also considered. Many will be intrigued to know more about what inspired their literary heroes; others will find the association of such names with Christian belief surprising or even controversial. Whatever viewpoint we may have, Literary Converts touches on some of the most important questions of the twentieth century, making it a fascinating read. "In Literary Converts , Joseph Pearce has scrutinized this roster of converts and found in it such names as Ronald Knox, R.H. Benson, G.K. Chesterton, Christopher Dawson, and many more. Catholic believers will be immensely heartened, and Christians (or others) who are not Catholic, are bound to find the whole thing vastly intriguing, if not positively convincing. Highly recommended." "Thomas Howard , Author, On Being Catholic "An absorbing narrative account of twentieth century English history " literary, social and intellectual. Anglophile readers will find it irresistible." "Donna Steichen , Author, Prodigal Daughters " Literary Converts is an admirable book. It looks at a wide range of novelists, poets, journailsts, essayists and pundits, and surveys their achievements from the point of view of their being Christian converts." "A.N. Wilson , The Literary Review Joseph Pearce is the author of the highly acclaimed biographies, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, and Tolkein: Man and Myth.

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  • Literary Giants, Literary Catholics

    Literary Giants, Literary Catholicsby Joseph Pearce

    British author Joseph Pearce has firmly established himself as the premier literary biographer of our time, especially in interpreting the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition. In this book, Pearce examines a plethora of authors, taking the reader through a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Literary Giants, Literary Catholics covers the vast terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh. ' Focusing on the literary revival of the 20th century, Joseph Pearce touches on well-known authors like G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien, but also introduces readers to lesser-known writers like Roy Campell, Maurice Baring, and Owen Barfield. Anyone who appreciates English literature will be entranced by the wealth and depth of this new masterpiece.

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    Literary Giants, Literary Catholics

  • G.K. Chesterton

    G.K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Senseby Dale Alquist

    The Apostle of Common Sense In this 14 program television series, Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, discusses the life and works of G.K. Chesterton, one of modern Catholicism's most famous and prolific authors. Chesterton, a great defender of the common man, the family and the Catholic faith, wrote profoundly on all the important subjects " religion, politics, history, literature, art, economics, philosophy, sociology. Actor Chuck Chalberg appears as Chesterton in vignettes featuring excerpts from a variety of subjects including Christian ideals, marriage, materialism, and the popular "Father Brown" detective stores. An inspiring portrait of one of Catholicism's greatest writers ever.

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    G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense 

  • Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton

    Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chestertonby Joseph Pearce

    Through years of meticulous research and access to the literary estate of G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce presents a major biography of a 20th century literary giant, providing a great deal of important information on GKC never before published. This is a thoroughly readable and delightful biography of a multi-faceted author, artist and debater who loved the friendship of children, idolized his wife and enjoyed great friendships with the likes of Hillaire Belloc, Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells. Illustrated. "Pearce has avoided the factual errors and misjudgments made by most earlier biographers, and his research has been meticulous, with the result that this study contains a great deal of important material never before published." - The G.K. Chesterton Study Centre (London) "The most important work on Chesterton in the last 50 years." - Aidan Mackey , Chesterton Literary Estate "Biography at its best. Rarely has a biography left me feeling so close to the subject. Pearce writes beautifully clean and lucid prose. A book I will read many times." - Walter Hooper , Author, A Guide to C.S. Lewis Joseph Pearce is a British writer and author who spent five years researching and writing this biography. He credits Chesterton's writings for his conversion from agnosticism to Catholicism.

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